Boise State is one of three favored and ranked teams playing weeknight games in Week 7 (with Stanford and Houston being the other two), and the Broncos are the ones that should be on highest upset alert Friday night on the road against Utah State.
The Aggies are 3-2 overall with losses to Utah (24-14) and Washington (31-17), but are 2-0 in the Mountain West with wins over Colorado State (33-18) and Fresno State (56-14) over the last two weeks, respectively. Utah State has shown improvement on offense each and every week by scoring more points in every consecutive game, and the Aggies have been solid on defense all season.
Utah State ranks second in the Mountain West in total defense and No. 18 nationally in total defense (297.4 yards per game), No. 2 in the conference and No. 15 in the country in rushing defense (102.2), and second in the league and No. 30 in the nation in scoring defense (19.2 points per game). Of course, the team they play this week leads the Mountain West in all three categories. The Broncos rank No. 5 in the country in total defense (260 yards per game), are second nationally in rush defense (60.7 yards per game) and are No. 7 in the country in scoring defense (12.0 points per game).
Boise State also boasts the best offense Utah State has faced this season, and the Broncos are clicking on all cylinders having scored at least 41 points in each game during their current four-game winning streak, including three performances in which the team racked up at least 52 points. Still, strange things can happen on the road, and the Broncos haven’t been tested defensively like they will be Friday night in Logan. If Utah State can control the tempo and keep the game a low-scoring affair, they may have a chance to win it in the fourth quarter.
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